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furniture, and the Palais de PEgalite is full of
auctions every night, where things sell very low.
December iqth, 1796.
I am in a new lodging in the Rue Honore,1
opposite I'Assomption. There is nothing between
me and the garden of the Tuileries but a wall,
so that I have the sun on my windows from the
time of its rising at this season of the year, and
am very comfortable; but the frost is intense.
I have had the first conference, and dined
to-day with Cottrau, the chef de bureau, and his
wife, a very pretty woman, at Sir George Chad's,
a Norfolk man, lately dubbed. He came strongly
recommended to Cottrau, who has got him pass-
ports to go through France and Italy to the
baths of Pisa. He seems a good sort of man
and invited me to a sumptuous vepas, having met
me at the Bureau.
December x6th, 1796.
I am frozen by the fireside. Poor Major Gall
has been pursued by misfortunes; for no sooner
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